Sure, advertisements can seem annoying, but it’s actually possible to score discounts, get free services, and even earn cash by tuning into commercials or viewing pop-up ads! Read on to find out how.
Find free entertainment.
You can listen to music, play games, or watch movies and TV shows on websites that play audio or video ads to cover the cost of your use. For example, hear free music at Amazon, Pandora, and Spotify, or play no-cost puzzles on MindGames.com. Also great: Watch subscription-free movies on Vudu and YouTube (scroll down to the “free” section) and visit Crackle or Pluto for full, no-fee episodes of classics like The Dick Van Dyke Show and modern favorites like Kitchen Nightmares.
Save on subscriptions.
A new trend among streaming services? Limited commercial- interruption plans that cost far less than no-commercial plans. This way, users can save cash while advertisers cover part of the streaming costs! Two popular services that offer this option: Hulu, whose $5.99-per-month ad-supported subscription for streaming TV and movies is 50 percent less than their ad-free plan, and CBS All-Access, whose $5.99-per-month ad-supported on-demand subscription is 40 percent less than their ad-free plan. Check out the plans of other streaming services you use to see if they’ve added a similar option to help you save!
Make money by watching ads.
Surprise! Legitimate websites will actually pay you to watch commercials and share your opinion of them! That’s because marketing companies pay these sites for your valuable feedback, so the profits are shared with you. A few to try? InboxDollars, SliceThePie, and Swagbucks. For every ad you watch, points accrue in your account and can be redeemed for a cash payout, or gift cards for retailers like Amazon and Walmart. Pro tip: Ads change regularly, so keep returning to the websites for more opportunities to earn!
Save $20 on a Kindle.
Planning to buy an e-reader, which can hold thousands of titles? Great news: You can get $20 off a Kindle e-reader at Amazon simply by choosing the “With Special Offers” option! These are ads for books, music, apps or other Amazon products that are displayed as a screen saver when your Kindle is in sleep mode and at the bottom of your Kindle home screen (not while you’re reading!). Looking for a tablet to stream TV and movies or download apps? You’ll save $15 on a Fire tablet when you select the “With Special Offers” option! These ads are displayed on the lock screen, then go away once you unlock it.
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This story originally appeared in our print magazine.